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Join a host of familiar faces in Harpur Square, Bedford, this Saturday, 7th August to commemorate Jamaican independence and to celebrate Jamaican culture.

Organised by Right Track, a community organisation working with young people in Bedford, alongside the Harpur Trust, Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police, the event will be a star studded, family friendly celebration.  Levi Roots, TV presenter, Jay Blades and Seani B from BBC Radio 1Xtra will be joining a host of other musicians, dancers, speakers and more to bring a taste of the Caribbean to Bedford. The event will run from midday until 6pm and is free to attend.

Speaking about the event, Levi Roots, who found fame on Dragon’s Den with his range of sauces, said: “If you are Jamaican, please do come down to Harpur Square so we can celebrate our culture together. If you’re not Jamaican, please do come out and celebrate with us so we can show off our culture of music, food and inspirational people right across the globe from Jamaica. It’s going to be absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait.”

Levi Roots will be performing on the day with his band, Herbs and Spices.

The event’s organiser, Basil Willis, from Right Track, told reporters: “We’re looking forward to showing off our culture and heritage. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time and during lockdown it gave me time to think and to put something special together to represent the Caribbean culture in Bedford.”

Food on the day will be provided by local restaurant, Carumbar, who specialise in Caribbean cuisine and will be serving up the Jamaican national dish, ackee and saltfish, as well as jerk chicken and curried goat.